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AL Central Standings

Team W-L L10 STRK
93-69 7-3 L1
80-82 5-5 W1
77-85 3-7 W1
74-88 5-5 L2
73-89 6-4 W2

2021 Pitching

STATS IP
Innings Pitched
W
Wins
L
Losses
ERA
Earned Run Average
SO
Strikeouts
BB
Base on Balls (Walk)
Regular Season 109.1 9 8 3.62 88 21

Top Michael Pineda News

  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Earns ninth win with strong effort

    Pineda (9-8) allowed one run and scattered eight hits over 5.2 innings to earn the win Wednesday against the Tigers. He also had five strikeouts.

    Pineda closed out his 2021 campaign by winning his final five decisions, holding opponents to two runs or fewer in each of them. The 32-year-old limited the Tigers to a Harold Castro run-scoring single in the fourth inning Wednesday and was one out away from a quality start before being lifted with two on in the fifth. Pineda logged a sparkling 1.85 ERA during his five-game winning streak in September and finished the season with a 3.62 mark in 109.1 innings overall.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Secures fourth straight win

    Pineda (8-8) earned the win Thursday against the Blue Jays after allowing two runs on eight hits and a walk while striking out two across five innings.

    Pineda has won his last four outings, giving up two or fewer earned runs in each trip to the mound but not lasting six innings in any of those appearances (three starts). He owns a strong 1.93 ERA and 1.18 WHIP across 18.2 innings in those four September games.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Collects seventh win

    Pineda (7-8) earned the win over Toronto on Friday. He allowed three runs (one earned) on three hits and two walks with two strikeouts in 5.2 innings.

    The right-hander wasn't at fault for Toronto's pair of runs in the second inning, but he did allow a solo home run to Vladimir Guerrero in the third. Pineda has won all three of his starts since returning from an oblique strain. He's at a 3.74 ERA, 1.20 WHIP and 81:20 K:BB across 98.2 innings overall. The 32-year-old projects for a rematch at home versus Toronto next week.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Five solid innings in win

    Pineda (6-8) threw five innings of one-run ball against Kansas City on Saturday, striking out three without a walk to earn the victory.

    Pineda was making his first start since returning last week from an oblique strain. He pitched in relief in his first game back but was sufficiently stretched out to return to the rotation Saturday, and he responded with five strong innings while throwing 50 of his 72 pitches for strikes. An Andrew Benintendi RBI single in the fourth inning was the lone blemish on Pineda's line. Pineda owns a 3.87 ERA and 79:18 K:BB in 93 innings this season. He's lined up for a tough road matchup against the Blue Jays in his next scheduled start.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Collects win in return

    Pineda (5-8) allowed two hits and a walk while striking out three in three innings to earn the win Monday versus Cleveland.

    The right-hander returned from an oblique strain that kept him sidelined for three weeks. Pineda was able to get the win as a piggyback reliever following Bailey Ober, who allowed two runs in four innings in the contest. The 32-year-old Pineda threw 25 of his 44 pitches for strikes, so it's safe to say he's not built up to a traditional starter's workload after his absence. He has a 3.99 ERA, 1.23 WHIP and 76:18 K:BB across 88 innings. It's unclear if he'll work as a traditional starter or a piggyback reliever in his next appearance, but Pineda lines up to pitch at some point during this weekend's home series versus Kansas City.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Activated Monday

    The Twins reinstated Pineda from the 10-day injured list ahead of Monday's game in Cleveland, Brandon Warne of Access Twins reports.

    For the first time all season, Pineda is expected to make an appearance in relief Monday, when he'll be piggybacking starter Bailey Ober. Though Ober may work longer of the two, Pineda could have the better chance at factoring into any decision, given that he'll pitching later in the contest. Pineda was cleared to return from the IL without making a minor-league rehab appearance, after the oblique strain had sidelined him for about three weeks.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Should return Monday

    Pineda (oblique) will return without a rehab assignment and piggyback Bailey Ober in his next start Monday in Cleveland, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

    It sounds like Ober will start the game and Pineda will come in to relieve him, with the two pitchers combining for 6-to-7 innings. It's unclear if Pineda will continue to piggyback Ober or if he will then enter the rotation as a traditional starter to close out the year. Assuming Pineda follows Ober on Monday, it could be an opportunity for him to qualify for a win.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Won't return this week

    The Twins don't plan to reinstate Pineda (oblique) from the 10-day injured list this week, Phil Miller of the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

    Pineda threw a 35-pitch bullpen session over the weekend and appears to be making good progress in his recovery from a left oblique strain, but the Twins may want to see him face hitters in a simulated game before signing off on activating him. While Pineda remains on the shelf, the Twins are expected to add two new starters to the mix this week in Joe Ryan (Wednesday against the Cubs) and Randy Dobnak (Friday against the Rays).

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Starts throwing

    Pineda (oblique) played catch Friday and was scheduled to throw a 35-pitch bullpen session Saturday, MLB.com reports. His recovery is going "a little faster" than expected, according to manager Rocco Baldelli.

    Pineda was placed on the injured list Aug. 14 and it was thought he could possibly miss the rest of the season. With his recent progress, he may be able to return in early September.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Lands on injured list

    Pineda landed on the 10-day injured list with a strained left oblique Saturday, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

    Pineda left his start Friday against the Rays with what was originally called side tightness, but the injury turned out to be serious enough to cost him at least one turn in the rotation. Exactly how much time he'll miss remains to be seen. Ralph Garza was recalled in a corresponding move.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Likely heading to IL

    Pineda will likely require a trip to the injured list due to a strained oblique, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.

    Pineda was initially diagnosed with left side tightness after he left Friday's loss to the Rays, but manager Rocco Baldelli revealed after the game that the righty is dealing with a strain. The 32-year-old is expected to miss at least one turn through the rotation due to the injury, while Danny Coulombe and Beau Burrows could be candidates to start in his place.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Leaves game with trainer

    Pineda was removed from Friday's game against the Rays in the top of the third inning with an apparent injury, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

    Pineda struggled early in Friday's start, as he gave up four runs on six hits and no walks while striking out three in 2.2 innings. He was then visited by a trainer and immediately removed, but the nature and severity of the injury aren't yet clear.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Diagnosed with side injury

    Pineda was diagnosed with left side tightness after he exited Friday's game against the Rays, Do-Hyoung Park of MLB.com reports.

    Pineda's injury may have contributed to his struggles in Friday's start, as he allowed four runs on six hits and four walks while striking out three in 2.2 innings prior to his removal. The Twins haven't yet announced whether the right-hander will be able to make his next turn through the rotation, but he tentatively lines up to make his next start at home against Cleveland on Wednesday.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Takes loss despite quality start

    Pineda (4-7) allowed two earned runs on seven hits while striking out three across six innings, taking the loss to the Astros on Saturday.

    Pineda allowed just one extra-base hit on a fourth-inning solo home run by Yordan Alvarez. Unfortunately, the Twins' offense didn't provide any run support and Pineda took his third loss in his last five starts. The 32-year-old has a 3.83 ERA, a 1.20 WHIP and a 7.7 K/9 in 82.1 innings this season. His next start is scheduled for Friday against the Rays.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Takes loss in short outing

    Pineda (4-6) allowed three runs (two earned) on five hits and two walks over four innings Sunday, striking out three and taking a loss against the Cardinals.

    Pineda was given a 2-0 lead in the second inning but quickly gave it up when the Cardinals plated two runs in the third. He's now 1-4 with a 5.68 ERA and a 20:5 K:BB over his last seven starts. The 32-year-old has finished six innings in just one outing since the start of June. Pineda will carry a 3.89 ERA into next weekend's projected start in Houston.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Settles for quality start Monday

    Pineda didn't factor into the decision in Monday's 6-5 extra-inning win over the Tigers after allowing two runs on five hits over six innings. He struck out six without walking a batter.

    The right-hander blanked Detroit over five innings before Miguel Cabrera belted a two-run shot off him in the sixth. Pineda still came off the mound in line for his fifth win of the year, but an early exit by Taylor Rogers in the ninth due to a finger issue led to a blown save by Alex Colome. Pineda has five quality starts on the season to go along with a 3.86 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 64:16 K:BB through 72.1 innings.

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  • Twins' Michael Pineda: Earns win over White Sox

    Pineda (4-5) allowed one earned run on four hits and a walk while striking out three across five innings, earning the win over the White Sox on Wednesday.

    Pineda surrendered two hits and a walk in the third inning, which led to the only run scored against him. He allowed just two runners to reach base safely in the other four innings pitched. His previous start was also against the White Sox, where he was blown up for five runs on 12 hits. Pineda fared better Wednesday and picked up his first win since May 26. The 32-year-old has a 3.93 ERA and a 1.22 WHIP over 66.1 innings.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-7, 260 lbs
Birthplace: Yaguate, Dominican Republic
Age: 32
Experience: 8
Bats/Throws: R, R